Joakim Noah had a monster game for the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night. Chicago has been playing some lousy ball as of late, but Noah played role of leader tonight, setting a career high in blocks and recording a triple-double. The Bulls defeated the Philadelphia 76ers 93-82.
It was a game to remember for the first time all-star, as he recorded 23 points, 20 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Just for good measure, Noah also chipped in three steals and one assist. He also shot 8-12 from the field, and 7-9 from the free throw line. Also, Noah becomes the first player in NBA history to record 20+ points, 20+ rebounds, and shoot 65% from the field in one game.
It’s not often that you see a player record a triple-double the “hard way,” but that’s exactly what Joakim accomplished tonight. It was Noah’s third career triple-double and second of the season. Noah also became the first Bull to record a triple-double involving blocks since Artis Gilmore accomplished it back on December 20th, 1977.
Noah is only the fourth player since 1985 to record a 20/20/10 game. Last player in the NBA to record such a feat was Shawn Bradley for the Dallas Mavericks in 1998.
After tonight’s performance, Noah puts himself in some good company in the record books. Players like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Shawn Bradley, and Hakeem Olajuwon are some of the select few to achieve these type of numbers.
Joakim was voted as an all-star this year, but this performance he put on tonight will certainly catch the attention of those who will be considering him for defensive player of the year.
The Bulls needed this win to right the ship, especially against a lousy Sixers team that is struggling at the moment. The absence of Taj Gibson required someone to step up and replace his heart, hustle, and muscle. Noah did just that… and then some.
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